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Cost of living in Houston and Texas

My job search is showing the most potential in Texas, especially Houston area. No guarantee's yet, but looks like I can get something starting around ~$30,000 a year. Not the greatest but better than things are looking here. At least it is a quality job with good benefits. I hope I can snag something soon.

Will $30,000 cut it there? ATM my bills equal $600 minus food/rent/and gas.

For those of you who live around Houston are there any areas I should avoid?

Anybody have an idea roughly on the cost of renting a small apartment (studio even)?

Eventually I would like to buy a house, probably 15-30 minutes outside the city, but until everything seems settled it would be rental.
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I hear the cost of living in Texas is a bit higher than here in Ok. 30k here will get you by pretty good if your single and live in a small house/apartment etc. Leaves a little room for the hotrod.

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I figure I would part with the enclosed trailer and go to an open deal so I could keep it in a storage garage, or leave it with the parents here until I found a nicer place .
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i live about 30 mi north of hou,conroe/woodland area.everything is going up around here.the nicer the area the more in taxes you pay.what field are you looking into?the katy/sugarland area(west) is nice.so is the conroe/woodlands area(north)it all depends on what you want and what you want to spend.
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Houston has pushed out really far in the last 20 years or so, the Katy area is pretty populated now but not awful to live in. Prices have gone up a bit but not terrible, I would think 30k could get you by just fine. Get used to high humidity as Houston= the armpit of the world. Also, be real damn careful on the roads there, I drove in to pick up a floor buffer a few weeks ago and saw 3 wrecks while they were happening on my way in... traffic is some of the worst in Texas I think.

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I live here in Houston and make about 35K a year. I'm looking at buying a house in August or september, so you can definitely make it here for that kind of money. What part of town are you looking to work in? Cost of living runs about the same all over the city, but some areas are more undesirable to live in for various reasons. I moved here for a job about a year and a half ago, and I was told on numerous occasions that Houston has the 4th lowest cost of living in the country.

The roads here are terrible in that they are trashy. I have had more **** fly up and damage my car here than anywhere else I have ever been. Drivers here are pretty dense, too, but no worse than any other big city.
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I would be working near the international airport if I get this job. I really haven't done much research on the area names. I like the idea of asking here since you guys are real, on top of the internet searches.
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I would be working near the international airport if I get this job. I really haven't done much research on the area names. I like the idea of asking here since you guys are real, on top of the internet searches.

The North, NW side is pretty good. That would be the tomball area. Waller, Hempstead area would be farther out, but prices should get reasonable. FE_Rex lives a little south of tat area. I am about 2 hours west of houston. Come on down, we could use more good people

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I am going to try, I don't see much choice. If I get it I will be there!

I had one local phone call in 4 weeks of being laid off from a temp service, and the job does not start until August. It was higher paying, but they did not guarantee I would be hired for it, so it means nothing!

I have to go where the (few) jobs are. Texas has the most I have found by far.
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I would be working near the international airport if I get this job. I really haven't done much research on the area names. I like the idea of asking here since you guys are real, on top of the internet searches.
In terms of places around IAH - Tomball, Spring, Champions, Kingwood are all good areas. Stay away from Gunspoint oops I mean Greenspoint. I just sold my house in Sharpstown (SW side) - it was on the market for only 3wks before I got a contract. I live in Cat Spring now - which is 1-hr West.

One thing to remember is Houston proper has no zoning laws - only deed restrictions. It is not unusual to have a ****hole near a very ritzy side of town - Example Bellaire (good) - Gulfton (very bad). Also need to be careful with localized street flooding - it comes on quick.

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im a little farther north and east. Marshall. small town of 25000. I make right at 30,000 and bought my first house. 110,000 3 bedroom 1 bath in a decent part of town. hell if your a worker come over to kilgore and go to work with me. We are looking for another guy in FAC. Large corperation with full benefits and looking to log alot of OT soon

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i live in southeast houston (houston/pasadena area) and you can live for what you are going to be making. just stay away from the southeast side because it is going to hell. my parents neighborhood used to be a nice place to raise a family, but since the overwhelming appearance of illegals have made it an undesirable place to live. pasadena has actually started to crack down on illegal aliens, but there is only so much the pd can do. out by intercontinental is actually decent and pleasent area to live other than constant noise of air planes. financially you will be able to handle living in houston, but just check with the local pd for crime reports. i did that before moving to the part of pasadena where i am at now.
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WE go to Houston occasionally and it doesn't seem any different than other large cities I have lived in other than it is just massive in size. I have several friends that live there or have lived their and they all love it. The traffic is overbearing for me now and I usually can't wait to get out but all large cities are like that.

What kind of work are you looking for? Any specific trades?

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WE go to Houston occasionally and it doesn't seem any different than other large cities I have lived in other than it is just massive in size. I have several friends that live there or have lived their and they all love it. The traffic is overbearing for me now and I usually can't wait to get out but all large cities are like that.

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Not really, just pretty much anything I qualify for, not dangerous, and pays the bills.

Maybe moving into Houston and taking the metro might be the choice. I will have to check out the maps and see where it goes.

You suppose the population difference of 5million+ might be odd for a guy who lives in a county with a 40,000 population? 601 square miles vs. 2000 even.
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You suppose the population difference of 5million+ might be odd for a guy who lives in a county with a 40,000 population? 601 square miles vs. 2000 even.
I had a culture shock of going from Harris County to Austin County (18K registered voters). I call the county commissioner - was given his cell phone and he came out to fix my entry in less than 15 min. People in the county govt, even the tax assessor are pretty nice. Any communication with a Harris County official make you feel like a worthless worm that doesn't rate ny attention.
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